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2016 Top Universities in World For Providing Employment

Studying abroad is a fun ride, but eventually all students have to come down to reality and set out into the working world. The idea of providing employment concerns both universities and students. Students are more likely to study in universities that have the highest employability ranking-meaning universities that will support students to fetch a placement.


However, some careers counselors advocated  that “professional experience” and a “high degree of specialization” are the best predictors of employability in graduates.


According to Global University Employability Ranking 2016, survey conducted by Times Higher Education (THE), there are number of predictors of employability, the most important being professional experience while the least being graduation from a top university. The survey found out that employability skills are most important in corporate and business roles. In fact, an institution’s faculty, infrastructure, academic profile goes a long way in equipping students with the right set of skills to work and grow in professional environment.


Global University Employability Ranking 2016 by THE

Ranking University Country
1 California Institute of Technology United States
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
3 Harvard University United States
4 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
5 Stanford University United States
6 Yale University United States
7 University of Oxford United Kingdom
8 Technical University of Munich Germany
9 Princeton University United States
10 University of Tokyo Japan
11 Boston University United States
12 Columbia University United States
13 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
14 University of Toronto Canada
15 National University of Singapore Singapore
16 Imperial College London United Kingdom
17 Peking University China
18 McGill University Canada
19 University of California, Berkeley United States
20 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
21 HEC Paris France
22 Australian National University Australia
23 King’s College London United Kingdom
24 University of Manchester United Kingdom
25 IE University Spain
26 EMLYON France
27 ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Switzerland
28 Duke University United States
29 Johns Hopkins University United States
30 Brigham Young University United States
31 LMU Munich Germany
32 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
33 École Normale Supérieure France
34 Dartmouth College United States
35 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
36 Mines ParisTech France
37 Fudan University China
38 Indian Institute of Science India
39 New York University United States
40 Brown University United States
41 University of California, Los Angeles United States
42 CentraleSupélec France
43 École Polytechnique France
44 University of Montreal/HEC Canada
45 London School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom
46 University of British Columbia Canada
47 University of Melbourne Australia
48 University College London United Kingdom
49 University of Sydney Australia
50 Goethe University Frankfurt Germany
51 University of Copenhagen Denmark
52 Carnegie Mellon University United States
53 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
54 Cornell University United States
55 University of Chicago United States
56 Heidelberg University Germany
57 Monash University Australia
58 Ghent University Belgium
59 Tsinghua University China
60 University of California, San Francisco United States
61 Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
62 Stockholm University Sweden
63 KU Leuven Belgium
64 University of New South Wales Australia
65 Kyoto University Japan
66 University of Navarra Spain
67 Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel
67 Frankfurt School of Finance and Management Germany
69 University of Zurich Switzerland
70 University of Helsinki Finland
71 University of São Paulo Brazil
72 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
73 National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) Taiwan
74 ESSEC Business School France
75 McMaster University Canada
76 Technical University of Denmark Denmark
77 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
78 Lund University Sweden
78 University Commerciale Luigi Bocconi Italy
80 University of California, San Diego United States
81 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany
82 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) South Korea
83 Michigan State University United States
84 University of Bristol United Kingdom
85 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
86 University Ramón Llull Spain
87 Pierre and Marie Curie University France
88 Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands
89 University of Southern California United States
90 University of Birmingham United Kingdom
91 KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
92 University of Göttingen Germany
93 University of Nottingham United Kingdom
94 Georgetown University United States
95 Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
96 Technical University of Berlin Germany
97 Sciences Po France
98 University of Pennsylvania United States
99 University of Lausanne Switzerland
100 Northwestern University United States
101 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
102 Rice University United States
103 University of Texas at Austin United States
103 University of Washington United States
105 University of Bern Switzerland
106 Polytechnic University of Milan Italy
107 Seoul National University South Korea
108 Leiden University Netherlands
109 Ohio State University United States
110 Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education Mexico
111 Zhejiang University China
112 University of Groningen Netherlands
113 Paris-Sud University France
114 Texas A&M University United States
115 Free University of Berlin Germany
116 Karolinska Institute Sweden
117 Purdue University United States
118 Osaka University Japan
119 Georgia Institute of Technology United States
119 Nanjing University China
121 Pohang University of Science and Technology South Korea
122 Technion Israel Institute of Technology Israel
122 University of Oslo Norway
124 University of Alberta Canada
125 University of Basel Switzerland
125 Lomonosov Moscow State University Russia
127 National Taiwan University Taiwan
127 University of Science and Technology of China China
129 Keio University Japan
130 University of Michigan United States
130 RWTH Aachen University Germany
132 EDHEC France
133 University of Geneva Switzerland
134 Trinity College Dublin Republic of Ireland
135 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey United States
136 University of Iceland Iceland
137 Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa Italy
138 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
139 Tel Aviv University Israel
140 University of Auckland New Zealand
141 National Tsing Hua University Taiwan
142 University of Florida United States
143 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
144 University of Vienna Austria
145 Saint Petersburg State University Russia
146 University of Buenos Aires Argentina
147 American-University of Dubai UAE
148 University of Malaya (UM) Malaysia
149 King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia
150 National Autonomous University of Mexico Mexico

World’s Top Universities for Employment

The Global University Employability Ranking 2016 comprises majority of the US universities, which displays the popularity of the country among international students. There are over six million international students spread across the globe, majority of whom are enrolled in US universities. No wonder, USA tops the rank of the countries producing the most employable graduates with universities like CALTECH, MIT and Harvard, closely followed by Germany, UK and Canada respectively.


Employers play an important role when it comes to employability. There are some employers who select candidates by university, while there are some who have negative view of the top universities, thus making a point not recruiting them. According to Eden Woon, VP for institutional advancement at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, students must focus on the application of knowledge and specialisations in specific subject areas.


The Global University Employability Ranking 2016 survey also found out that internship opportunities offered by companies would be the most relevant way to enhance cooperation between them and universities besides other impactful factors like joint research, workshops and presence at job fairs among others.

Global University Employability Ranking 2016: Methodology

The Global University Employability Ranking 2016 has been conducted by two panels of participants and comprises respondents from 20 countries namely, US, UK, Canada, Australia, India,  France, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Germany, Italy,Switzerland, Turkey,  Netherlands, Mexico,China, UAE and Malaysia. The first panel participant included recruiters at management level who had prior experience of hiring or working with graduates.

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Each recruiters had up to 15 votes to cast for the universities in their country that produce the best graduates in terms of employability. The sample size of recruiters from each country was determined by the country’s number of university students, GDP and number of institutions.

Participants with experience recruiting internationally were also asked to select from a global list of universities that they considered “the best in the world when it comes to graduate employability”.

The second panel consisted of 3,450 managing directors of international companies. Participants could cast a maximum of 10 votes on both the local and global lists of universities that had been produced by the first panel. They could also add universities from a database.

Votes were then aggregated into scores for each university to produce the ranking.

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